Islands Prepare For Royal Visit

Barriers on Holgate's Green today, ready for the Royal visit

A major security operation is underway ahead of the Royal visit by the Queen and Prince Philip tomorow with specialist police officers brought in to oversee the event.

Teams of police divers will be checking the water around St Mary’s and security will be more intense than during recent walkabouts by Prince Charles, with sniffer dogs checking people moving into the secure areas and barriers screening off areas where the Queen will spend time.

There will be space for several hundred spectators at Holgate’s Green and at the new School site and although security will be tight, vistors and islanders will be able to see the Queen and Prince Philip.

The royals will be at the school at 10.45am and on Holgate’s Green at 11.20am.

The Strand will be closed to traffic during the visit.

Because of the tight security Council Chairman Mike Hicks says even the Town Hall officials didn’t have precise timings of the visit until yesterday evening.


St Mary’s busy for visit


St Marys will be busy for the royal visit tomorrow.

Hoteliers and guest house proprietors have benefitted from the intense media interest with most accomodation on St Mary’s reportedly booked.

The team at Hugh Town Tourist Information Centre say at least 50 visitors enquired about the Queen’s itinerary yesterday.

Mike has paid tribute to council officials who have been working ‘flat out’ for the past week to make the event happen